Written by UK staff
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior punter Max Duffy has once again been named to the Ray’s 8 list, this time for week nine games, the Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award announced Monday. The Punter of the Week will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10 am. ET. This is Duffy’s third appearance on Ray’s 8 this season.
Fans can visit the Ray Guy Award Instagram and Twitter to find the voting link for who they think should become the Punter of the Week this week. Duffy was named Punter of the Week in week 5 for his performance vs. South Carolina. He was also on the Ray’s 8 for week two games.
Duffy, of Perth, Australia, had a magnificent night of punting in UK’s 29-7 win over Missouri on Saturday. He also ran a fake punt that set up a touchdown. Duffy punted five times for a 52.4-yard average, with no return yards and had three punts inside the 20-yard line. Early in the fourth quarter, on 4th-and-6, he spied an opening and ran 26 yards for a first down; the impromptu dash helped set up a Wildcat touchdown. He also had a crucial punt in the third quarter; with UK backed up on its own 9-yard line, he flipped the field with a career-long 70-yard boot. Missouri’s average field position after Duffy’s punts was its own 14-yard line.
With Duffy’s distance and placement, Kentucky leads the nation in net punting with a 46.2-yard net average. Duffy currently ranks second in the Southeastern Conference and second nationally in punting (48.8).
Kentucky is 4-4 overall, 2-4 in the SEC and headed into its second bye week of the season. The Wildcats’ next matchup is against border rival Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Kroger Field. The game will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. For tickets, visit UKfootballtix.com.